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« Reply #10150 on: November 11, 2017, 09:23:16 AM »
I am currently sitting on a boat as a time keeper for a navigation rally. In return for accepting this free boat ride, I will also be given a free lunch later.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10151 on: November 11, 2017, 03:44:14 PM »
My biggest vice is Dunkin' Donuts---none of the fancy stuff, just a large coffee every morning. Usually it runs me about $2.50 a cup (expensive, I know). Today I bought 4 holiday cards they are selling that give you 6 large coffees for $10. I also got a free beverage out of it from paying with my DD Perks card, and getting enough points for a free one. This drops the price to about $1.60 each. The cards don't seem to have any expiry date so I may pick up a few more tomorrow to stock up.

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« Reply #10152 on: November 11, 2017, 07:36:05 PM »
-Got up at the crack of dawn (4:45) so I could get prepped for an all day soccer tournament (for kids). Made lunch, snacks & bottled water. Did buy the kids a bagel between games (it was a social event at Panera), but kept the cost to $4.50. All of the rest of the food & drinks were covered + free parking!
- Defrosted a leftover casserole from the freezer as soon as we got home, saving the cost of takeout or potentially eating out.

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« Reply #10153 on: November 11, 2017, 07:42:49 PM »
-Fortuitous timing- did coffee with a friend today. American Express had an offer of 15% off every starbucks purchase up to $5 until mid december. So I made sure to put my coffee on that card.

-Went to a store to buy flats for a job interview. Was shocked at the $60+ price tag. Instead of biting the bullet, I went to a store across the road (I even walked to it) and found a pair for $20. These shoes should also work for formal events- I had 3 times this summer I was very frustrated I didn't have good flats for, so these will also fill that role.
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« Reply #10154 on: November 12, 2017, 12:15:36 AM »
*Rejuvenated a beef stew from a few days ago by dicing the meat tiny, adding a can of fire roasted tomatoes and a can of water, some Worchestershire sauce and some beef bouillon...it was terrific!

*Baked a loaf of bread for tomorrow

*Picked up a free pair of socks at Eddie Bauer with a $10 gift certificate they emailed me Bonus: the socks are extra warm and fuzzy and I stayed cozy all night

*Baked a cake for company

*Drank homemade tea - I have some lovely Earl Grey which is $7.99 for 100 tea bags

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« Reply #10155 on: November 12, 2017, 06:45:40 AM »
Yesterday we took advantage of free Veterans Day specials, combined with gift cards earned from work and customer loyalty rewards.  This meant a free coffee from Starbucks, 2 free Cold Stone ice creams, a full family lunch at Applebees for $6 total with tip and tax, and a free hair cut.

I normally want to hunker down on the weekends and work on my savings / income generation, so when my husband (the free spirit) suggested a family fun day, I thought, well, this is the day to go be spendypants without actually spending too much.  So we made a day of it, even took the littles to the cheap seats for a matinee.  Also did some good thrifting at 50% off, which is excellent inventory boosting for my eBay business, which I hope can provide 50% of our income by this time next year.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10156 on: November 12, 2017, 07:44:14 AM »
I did 180 jumping jacks to get warm instead of turning up the heat! (That's my formula for body warmth production while working on my laptop. Apply every two hours.)

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« Reply #10157 on: November 12, 2017, 09:06:01 AM »
I normally want to hunker down on the weekends and work on my savings / income generation, so when my husband (the free spirit) suggested a family fun day, I thought, well, this is the day to go be spendypants without actually spending too much.  So we made a day of it, even took the littles to the cheap seats for a matinee.  Also did some good thrifting at 50% off, which is excellent inventory boosting for my eBay business, which I hope can provide 50% of our income by this time next year.

What are you selling on eBay?

My partner is a parttime musician and is thinking of quitting his parttime office job. He's pretty good at selling and is already trading a lot of (refurbished) music gear to friends and friends-of-friends. We are currently thinking how we can expand that business into something that provides enough income to quit the day job.

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« Reply #10158 on: November 12, 2017, 11:09:27 AM »
Just want to thank everyone for sharing their money saving stories here! I find it endlessly inspiring. It's so hard to celebrate these tiny victories with people in real life & I really appreciate this outlet! All our tiny victories add up.


- A batch of sauerkraut I made recently is less flavourful than I had hoped - decided to make sauerkraut pierogies from scratch with it today. Have never made piergoes before, but trying new recipes / kitchen experiments is one of my favourite creative outlets. So not only does this save me from wasting the sauerkraut, it also entertains me for the afternoon and fills my belly later. win-win-win.

- I made a short list of grocery staples to pick up at the local store today - eggs, butter, black pepper, and tea. Realized that I can make do with what I have on hand for the butter, pepper, & tea, so I will only buy the eggs. Really working on my grocery bill this month.

- Went to the movies last night (the new Thor movie) and it only cost us $1.50 for 2 people b/c of an old gift card we finally used up! The movie was way better than I had expected - I actually really loved it.  Def worth the $0.75 per person ticket price, lol!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10159 on: November 12, 2017, 11:17:17 AM »
I am currently sitting on a boat as a time keeper for a navigation rally. In return for accepting this free boat ride, I will also be given a free lunch later.

Volunteering is so rough.

Oh man! Sounds fun. I love volunteer perks! I used to volunteer for various film festivals for free tickets. Too busy now with work, but that is on my radar for when we FIRE!

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« Reply #10160 on: November 12, 2017, 11:32:46 AM »
We just received the mother lode of pumpkins (66lbs, free from husband’s customer - score!) and looking for some ideas to use up pumpkin purée. In addition to soups, and adding to breakfast oatmeal, I thought of dog treats. I found several recipes, so I will be saving money on dog bones this winter. I’m sure the dogs will love them, as they love the dollop of pumpkin purée I’ve been adding to their meals the last couple of days.

Also groomed/clipped the dogs myself yesterday - not a small savings, but not such a big thing as it turns out. Roughly two hours of time saves $130, and I don’t have to drive them to and from the groomer.
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« Reply #10161 on: November 12, 2017, 11:54:27 AM »
I made a large batch of nasi goreng for the next 3 days. Cost: about €3,50 for roughly 6 portions.

Also found a gift card for four drinks and an appetizer that's only valid for 2 more weeks. I really hate these "experience" gift cards. The intention of the giver is good, but it's hard to find participating locations in my area. Just give money so we can have a drink if and when and where we want. Complicating factor for this gift card is that you have to look up what each participating location is offering exactly. Some locations offer any four drinks, others limit you to a shared bottle of wine. Neither of us drink wine. But after about half an hour of research I have found a bar that we've never been to in our town where we can use the gift card! No travel costs, free drinks, free appetizers.

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« Reply #10162 on: November 12, 2017, 11:56:38 AM »
We are using a gift card we received as a thank you to buy a host gift for this evening's party.

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« Reply #10163 on: November 12, 2017, 12:10:38 PM »
Just cashed in some reward points on our credit card for a Christmas gift card. I'll get a few small things to round out the gift, and one more person on my list is done.

At my office, employees adopt several families for the holidays. The organizers provide a spreadsheet of items/sizes etc. and we just choose what we'd like to provide. One of the boys is in a size my oldest just grew out of, so I went through the closet and found 3 shirts and a pair of jeans with the tags still on.. (sounds wasteful, but we only have visits every other weekend and kid outgrows stuff so fast. He is now 9 years old and wearing men's sizes) Everything was purchased on clearance in the first place. A few of the families also requested playing cards, so husband went through some drawers and found 4 unopened decks left over from his bachelor days. Adding in some cereal I bought on super sale, and a brand new winter hat I found in the closet, and we'll be able to provide some much needed items for Christmas as well as declutter our house a bit.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10164 on: November 12, 2017, 01:23:05 PM »
Planned to go out with two friends yesterday. Suggested to have a drink at home first, which ended up spending 4h at home versus only 30 min at the bar (it was too crowded, bleh)

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« Reply #10165 on: November 12, 2017, 01:40:03 PM »
For what it is worth, we went on a brisk walk starting from home, not using the car. I used the wood stove to warm up the house, practically every day. I used up a portion of lasagna white sauce that I had in the freezer from making too much some weeks earlier. My DH is sewing himself a new vest. I cut his hair. I ate mushrooms that I picked in the forest and dried a whole bunch for later.

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« Reply #10166 on: November 12, 2017, 04:37:18 PM »
-Went on a hike with a friend today, for a social activity. Exercise + free fun. Win!
-Used up most of the basil from our garden to make a bunch of pesto for the freezer
-Turned the last of some pantry ingredients into granola bars for kids lunches

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« Reply #10167 on: November 12, 2017, 04:40:53 PM »
My son and I cut each other hair for the first time with some clippers I bought like 20 yr ago nd never used.  Thought the cuts came out great so no more $12 haircuts every 2 weeks for the rest of my life should save a few bucks.

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« Reply #10168 on: November 12, 2017, 04:54:18 PM »
I cut his hair.

My son and I cut each other hair for the first time with some clippers I bought like 20 yr ago nd never used.  Thought the cuts came out great so no more $12 haircuts every 2 weeks for the rest of my life should save a few bucks.

Must have been the weekend for it. I cut husband's hair, too.

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« Reply #10169 on: November 12, 2017, 05:28:35 PM »
I cut his hair.

My son and I cut each other hair for the first time with some clippers I bought like 20 yr ago nd never used.  Thought the cuts came out great so no more $12 haircuts every 2 weeks for the rest of my life should save a few bucks.

Must have been the weekend for it. I cut husband's hair, too.

I cut my husband's hair too! Definitely the weekend for it =P
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« Reply #10170 on: November 12, 2017, 05:38:24 PM »
I saw an artsy magazine today at the grocery store that I would have love to have, but it was $15.99 (plus tax) so I flipped through it and put it back on the shelf.

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« Reply #10171 on: November 13, 2017, 12:33:25 AM »
*Melted a little grated cheese on homemade bread for kids for a quick after church lunch

*Served the cake from last night's company to today's pop-in company

*Made a huge salad to stretch the measly pan of lasagne I served the family for dinner

*Lasagne was a store bought frozen one that I keep as emergency food. Threw it in the oven
when the pop-in company arrived thus preventing a fast food run.

*Gave friend 5 bags of beef bones from our deep freeze that I'm never going to use - I know that
she will!

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« Reply #10172 on: November 13, 2017, 06:21:38 AM »
Walked to the grocery store yesterday, found $11 on the way!

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« Reply #10173 on: November 13, 2017, 09:56:25 AM »
I normally want to hunker down on the weekends and work on my savings / income generation, so when my husband (the free spirit) suggested a family fun day, I thought, well, this is the day to go be spendypants without actually spending too much.  So we made a day of it, even took the littles to the cheap seats for a matinee.  Also did some good thrifting at 50% off, which is excellent inventory boosting for my eBay business, which I hope can provide 50% of our income by this time next year.

What are you selling on eBay?

My partner is a parttime musician and is thinking of quitting his parttime office job. He's pretty good at selling and is already trading a lot of (refurbished) music gear to friends and friends-of-friends. We are currently thinking how we can expand that business into something that provides enough income to quit the day job.

I started selling maternity and baby clothes just to get rid of stuff, but over the years I've expanded a lot.  I primarily sell used clothing, anything vintage that is not too fussy, kitchen stuff, sewing patterns, etc.  A very scrappy business but one that involves a lot of treasure hunting, so I love the variety.

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« Reply #10174 on: November 13, 2017, 10:01:01 AM »
Yesterday I roasted and pureed 5 sugar pumpkins for the freezer.  Also roasted probably 3 cups of pumpkin seeds.  My kids are non-stop snack machines, so this will be helpful over the next few days.

I also made some Portuguese soup called caldo verde -- kale, potatoes, sausage, broth, onion, garlic, lemon.  It was using up wilting ingredients that were about to go bad, plus this week begins an insane family schedule (lasts till mid-January), so pre-cooking meals will be a helpful way to stay out of restaurants.  We'll eat it tonight before running off to take our first foster parenting class that goes until 9.

Made oatmeal for the littluns this AM.  They don't love it, but they'll eat it 2x a week if I let them have cereal afterwards.  They are too, too fond of cereal, which is expensive and doesn't fill them up.  I added raisins from pantry (homemade from grape vine at one of our rental houses).

I ate gingered zucchini soup and a poached egg.  Soup is pulled from the freezer, part of a zuke bumper crop.

Sick today -- taking the day off work b/c I have 20 more sick days to use up before I quit in May.  Might as well stay home, rest up, grade in peace, and get some more stuff on eBay.

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« Reply #10175 on: November 13, 2017, 10:08:24 AM »
Not today but last weekend I bought a roll of carpet/rug padding to replace a couple sections that we had cut out from under our carpet after water damage. Was going to do the baseboards and drywall but came to the realization that it would just be a PITA to go get and transport all the material - also, was planning to do some or all of that last week but our infant daughter ended up with a broken collarbone and we were a little busy at the hospital and doctor's office.

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« Reply #10176 on: November 13, 2017, 01:02:19 PM »
Today, I ordered a water at lunch and rode the free campus bus to class.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10177 on: November 13, 2017, 06:38:44 PM »
Yesterday I roasted and pureed 5 sugar pumpkins for the freezer.  Also roasted probably 3 cups of pumpkin seeds.  My kids are non-stop snack machines, so this will be helpful over the next few days.

I also made some Portuguese soup called caldo verde -- kale, potatoes, sausage, broth, onion, garlic, lemon.  It was using up wilting ingredients that were about to go bad, plus this week begins an insane family schedule (lasts till mid-January), so pre-cooking meals will be a helpful way to stay out of restaurants.  We'll eat it tonight before running off to take our first foster parenting class that goes until 9.

Made oatmeal for the littluns this AM.  They don't love it, but they'll eat it 2x a week if I let them have cereal afterwards.  They are too, too fond of cereal, which is expensive and doesn't fill them up.  I added raisins from pantry (homemade from grape vine at one of our rental houses).

I ate gingered zucchini soup and a poached egg.  Soup is pulled from the freezer, part of a zuke bumper crop.

Sick today -- taking the day off work b/c I have 20 more sick days to use up before I quit in May.  Might as well stay home, rest up, grade in peace, and get some more stuff on eBay.

You could use cereal, especially granola, as a topping for the oatmeal.

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« Reply #10178 on: November 13, 2017, 07:38:47 PM »
-Ate free breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Charged our electric car for free at work
-Ate leftovers for dinner

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« Reply #10179 on: November 13, 2017, 08:40:57 PM »
- Cat sit for a friend and when we go on vacay they can look after our tuxedo cat
- Air dried two loads of laundry today

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« Reply #10180 on: November 13, 2017, 08:46:26 PM »

Made oatmeal for the littluns this AM.  They don't love it, but they'll eat it 2x a week if I let them have cereal afterwards.  They are too, too fond of cereal, which is expensive and doesn't fill them up.  I added raisins from pantry (homemade from grape vine at one of our rental houses).


One thing I do to make oatmeal more fun and appealing to my kids is use the smallest size of canning jars and fill them with "treats" for on the oatmeal that they can do themselves. Currently mine collection of jars has: raisins, craisins, brown sugar, blanched almond slices, coconut, "healthy" chocolate chips & chia/hemp mixture called Holy Crap. I have them in a bin that I just pull out of my cupboard and set on the counter by the bowl and pot of oatmeal in the morning. I'm sure there are other toppings I haven't thought of! YMMV :-)

ETA:https://www.thespruce.com/creative-oatmeal-topping-ideas-2098402

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« Reply #10181 on: November 13, 2017, 09:43:38 PM »
This may be a little nuts, and almost certainly will be annoying, but I set up automatic transactions into my Vanguard money market fund for every day of the week (mon - fri). Started off extra stupid, with five $1 transfers per week. I'll ramp things up eventually.

This is in addition to my regular savings, just trying to sneak more money into my taxable accounts throughout the year. My brain won't be able to argue with a dollar or two a day.

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« Reply #10182 on: November 14, 2017, 01:16:36 AM »
*Made a loaf of french bread and started more refrigerator dough right away

*Made a recipe from Budget Bytes for dinner - was white beans and sausages - pretty good and certainly was budget

*Got a free chocolate bar at the gas station for showing my receipt from the pump to the clerk


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« Reply #10183 on: November 14, 2017, 05:46:24 AM »
This may be a little nuts, and almost certainly will be annoying, but I set up automatic transactions into my Vanguard money market fund for every day of the week (mon - fri). Started off extra stupid, with five $1 transfers per week. I'll ramp things up eventually.

This is in addition to my regular savings, just trying to sneak more money into my taxable accounts throughout the year. My brain won't be able to argue with a dollar or two a day.

Great idea!

My investment account doesn't allow so many automatic transfers a month, but I have set up an automatic transfer in my checking account that sends 1% of the value every purchase to my savings account. I increase my monthly transfer to investments nearly every month, I just add a small amount. I don't even notice the difference, which surprised me, because I am naturally very frugal and I didn't feel like I spent a lot of money a couple of years ago, before I started increasing my automatic transfer. Apparantly even that amount of spending could be decreased without me even noticing.

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« Reply #10184 on: November 14, 2017, 06:10:55 AM »
Apparently when you are pregnant, you can't just pretend you will always continue to fit into normal clothes. Finally got to a point where nothing was comfortable, and went on a hunt for mat clothes. Hit the motherload (teehee) of Kijiji sales and got 30+ brand name items for $125. Approximate retail value ~$1000. Only thing missing was a pair of black skinny jeans which I found the next day for $10 (retail value $30). I love kijiji.

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« Reply #10185 on: November 14, 2017, 06:22:48 AM »
It's 56 degrees at work because the heat is broken. Instead of going out and buying a space heater (which probably wouldn't help much since my office is missing a door), I brought my electric throw to work. Also wearing a sweater, two jackets, and leggings under my jeans...

On the bright side it's getting me used to colder temps indoors?

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« Reply #10186 on: November 14, 2017, 10:26:06 AM »
I did 180 jumping jacks to get warm instead of turning up the heat! (That's my formula for body warmth production while working on my laptop. Apply every two hours.)

I laughed so hard at this, as I tried to imagine asking my husband to try it...!  He works at home and as soon as the house temp drops below 68 degrees, he wants to turn on the heat (while wearing jeans and a t-shirt).  I usually convince him to put on a sweater.  But our thermostat will never drop below 66 degrees.  It's a good thing we're in a warm climate. :)

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« Reply #10187 on: November 14, 2017, 10:26:58 AM »
Cancelled netflix. They've taken down most of the stuff we liked, their new content isn't worth much to us. Just picked up some movies from the library (which is less than a mile away). Should save us $132 a year

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« Reply #10188 on: November 14, 2017, 10:50:02 AM »
Grinded some coffee beans I roasted myself the other night, brewed in my Aeropress, and pressed for a delicious cup of coffee. $2.98 for a lb of the green unroasted beans so cheaper and better than going to Starbucks... although we only go to Starbucks when there's a BOGOF and/or bonus point deal, and even then we have over $50 of GCs that we've gotten as gifts. Funny cause I was never into coffee until a few months ago.

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« Reply #10189 on: November 15, 2017, 06:20:08 AM »
Succesfully replaced my phone battery in only an hour (plus research time and watching videos)! Should get at least one good year out of it for only $10. The phone got some slight cosmetic damage on the back but I don't care, it was worth it to get it done faster and I use a case anyway.

Still haven't turned the heat on at home, lowest I've seen is 66 in the morning so it's not bad at all. At work it's 55 indoors right now because the heat is broken so I'm getting used to colder indoor temperatures (gotta see the bright side). It's actually not bad with my electric blanket.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10190 on: November 15, 2017, 09:50:25 AM »
I was crazy busy at work today, so forgot/didn't get to eating lunch until 4 PM. Then decided I wasn't hungry and just wait to go home and use the lunch for dinner (with some additions).

Healthy? Not really. Cheap? Yes. Something I'd do regular? No.

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« Reply #10191 on: November 15, 2017, 10:05:54 AM »
I was crazy busy at work today, so forgot/didn't get to eating lunch until 4 PM. Then decided I wasn't hungry and just wait to go home and use the lunch for dinner (with some additions).

Healthy? Not really. Cheap? Yes. Something I'd do regular? No.

Fasting or skipping meals isn't bad for the majority of people. Humans were designed to be able to do so, and many argue that it's actually good for you (I don't want to make a determination, so do your own research at your own risk). Some people go on frequent one day fasts, some people do week long fasts, etc. My boyfriend actually did a 9 day fast a few months ago. I personally don't think I have enough excess fat to go that long...

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10192 on: November 15, 2017, 01:00:55 PM »
I was crazy busy at work today, so forgot/didn't get to eating lunch until 4 PM. Then decided I wasn't hungry and just wait to go home and use the lunch for dinner (with some additions).

Healthy? Not really. Cheap? Yes. Something I'd do regular? No.

Fasting or skipping meals isn't bad for the majority of people. Humans were designed to be able to do so, and many argue that it's actually good for you (I don't want to make a determination, so do your own research at your own risk). Some people go on frequent one day fasts, some people do week long fasts, etc. My boyfriend actually did a 9 day fast a few months ago. I personally don't think I have enough excess fat to go that long...
Totally agree with you. I really don't think the whole 'eat 5-6 times a day'-thing is good for you. However, what wasn't in the post, I did eat a little too much of my colleague's cookies at 3 PM so it wasn't a total meal skip o:). But yes, I've done plenty of days where I skipped on breakfast or forgot lunch and I didn't feel any worse.

The longest fast I ever did was an unintentional 22 hours tho (on a bus and no long stops to buy food anywhere?!) and I actually felt quite good after, so maybe I should try a 1 or 2 day fast at some point :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10193 on: November 15, 2017, 04:40:52 PM »
I keep my dogs on heartworm preventive all year, and being the 15th, gave the monthly dose of an off label medicine. I have been doing it for 20 years, live in a heartworm hotspot, and am confident it's safe and works.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10194 on: November 16, 2017, 08:03:42 AM »
-Ate breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Charged our electric car for free at work
-Made leftovers for dinner
-Booked a flight for free using a credit (flight changes where the airline modified our trip)
-Found a small jug of orange juice that one of the kids got at a soccer game, and didn't drink. Saved for my cranberry sauce recipe next week. One less thing off of the Thanksgiving grocery list!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10195 on: November 16, 2017, 10:52:49 AM »
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10196 on: November 16, 2017, 01:49:54 PM »
Went to the coffee room at work to get tea, turned out a meeting had been cancelled and they put the whole lunch on our coffee table! Yay! Great free sandwiches :D

(This is the case every week, but only with a handful leftover sandwiches that are gone within 10 mins, so you gotta be lucky to walk down exactly then)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10197 on: November 16, 2017, 05:13:48 PM »
I changed my oil today.  Oil bought on sale earlier this year and a filter from RockAuto (purchased with some other stuff earlier this year).  $25.33 total for 6.5 quarts of Mobil1 5w30 synthetic oil and a Wix filter...good to go for another 5k miles!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10198 on: November 16, 2017, 05:43:53 PM »
Switched my health insurance policy, saved $55 a month.

Switched our phone plans, saved at least $38 a month.

Husband had an optom appointment today to replace his prescription sunnies, which he thought had been left overseas. Cancelled the appointment when something came up with work. Found the sunnies in the car an hour later. Saved $200.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10199 on: November 16, 2017, 06:29:55 PM »
Random leftovers from the fridge for lunch, and I made some pumpkins muffins as well (for snacks and breakfasts).  I had some frozen eggs I needed to use up -- I hadn't frozen them very effectively and they thaw as one rawish-almost solid yolk.  So they don't really work for most recipes.  But I can whip the shit out of them and put them in muffin recipes.  I think I have a few dozen of those left.  The rest I whisked before freezing, which makes them much easier for scrambling later.